May is Osteoporosis Month!

Your bone health is Important! Osteoporosis is a disease marked by a loss of bone mass and a breakdown of the bone tissue’s structure. The result? An increased risk of bone fractures – especially in the spine, hip and wrist. Osteoporosis is a silent disease. You may not know you have it until a minor bump or fall breaks a bone. Osteoporosis affects both women and men. Over 53 million Americans either have osteoporosis or are at high risk of developing it.

Some of the risk factors for osteoporosis are:

  • Your sex: women are at greater risk than men
  • Age: risk increases with age
  • Body Size: small, thin-boned women are at greater risk
  • Calcium and Vitamin D Intake: too low over a lifetime puts you at greater risk
  • Cigarette Smoking: it is bad for bones and a whole lot more
  • Lifestyle: being inactive weakens your bones

What can you do to keep your bones strong? While there isn’t a cure, here are a few of the things you can do:

  • Get screened with a bone mineral density test
  • If your doctor approves, do regular weight bearing exercise
  • Pursue a healthy lifestyle including not smoking or consuming excess alcohol
  • Eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D

Have questions? Check in with your on-site Infinity Rehab staff for guidance.

For more information, contact:
Kris McVay, PT

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